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Inside the Vatican
At the Synod on Synodality’s Roman meetings, lay men and women have both been included for the first time as full, voting members. But, argues the Rev. Louis Cameli, if this synod is not to be a “parliament,” as Pope Francis often warns, perhaps there should be no voting in the synod at all.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
A Homily for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, by Father Terrance Klein
Supporters of presidential candidate Bernardo Arévalo of the Seed Movement party protest in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 13, 2023, outside the Guatemala Attorney General's office to demand respect to the results of the Guatemala first round of presidential elections. (OSV News photo/Cristina Chiquin, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Agren
Bernardo Arévalo campaigned on an anti-graft agenda in a contest that many in Guatemala had assumed was rigged from the start against insurgent candidacies.
Jack Jenkins - Religion News Service
In an email, the East Texas bishop told RNS that he ‘cannot voluntarily abandon the flock that I have been given charge of as a successor of the apostles.’
FaithThe Word
Victor Cancino, S.J.
September 17, 2023, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Our readings this Sunday help us to pray about our own scale of forgiveness. We are asked to move past our limitations and these poetic lines help us to memorize the lesson.
Arts & CultureBooks
Rhoda Feng
It was touted as a sedative with no hangover. It was hailed as non-addictive. It was rumored to present no side effects. It was trumpeted in medical journal ads as “astonishingly safe” and “completely non-poisonous.”
Pope Francis
So many people complain and say that everything is going wrong. But that’s not what the Christian is called to do; instead, he is called to deal with it, to get his or her hands dirty.
FaithScripture Reflections
James T. Keane
A Reflection for the Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the church, by James T. Keane
Politics & SocietyNews
J.D. Long-García
The sale of 272 enslaved persons by the Jesuits in 1838 helped provide financing for the struggling Georgetown University.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
To be the writerly son of a writerly father is not always the easiest vocation. When that parent is as famous as Andre Dubus, it must be doubly difficult. But who knows: Maybe it can make for great art? One might ask Andre Dubus III.
Arts & CultureShort Take
Joe Hoover, S.J.
When we see a spectacular athlete praying in public, we can see her as a sort of athletic Christian soldier, a “counternarrative” to a godless culture or shallow world—and miss the simple, moving experience of the athlete, who is Christian, who is praying.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
J.D. Long-García
What our aging politicians can learn from Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis announced several times that he hoped Cardinal Zuppi would go to Beijing on a peace mission, but it has taken a long time for the Chinese to agree to accept him.
FaithFaith in Focus
Britt Luby
Neighbor before house, the house is gone. Neighbor before house, here is some food we managed to find. Neighbor before house, at least we have each other.
Politics & SocietyNews
Ngala Killian Chimtom - Catholic News Service
The grisly killing of a seminarian highlights the violent persecution Christians have faced in Nigeria and around the world.
FaithScripture Reflections
Stephen Grant
A Reflection for Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time, by Stephen Grant
Politics & SocietyNews
Claire Giangravé - Religion News Service
Mykhaylo Podolyak, a top adviser to President Zelenskyy, said that “it doesn’t make sense to speak of Pope Francis as a mediator, if he takes on a Russophile position that is obvious to all.”
Colleen Dulle
Father Martin Lintner, whom the Vatican rejected after he was elected dean of his theological college, speaks to America about the tensions between the Vatican and theologians and his hopes for change.
Monika Scislowska - Associated Press
The Ulma beatification poses several new theological concepts about the Catholic Church’s ideas of saints and martyrs that have implications for the anti-abortion movement because of the baby in the mother’s womb.
Preachers and those in ministry confront a common dilemma: “We never live up to what we want to be,” says Patricia Bruno, O.P. “However, I think the preaching helps direct our own lives,” she adds. “It’s hard to say something in public that you don’t really believe.”